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"Maturing in Christ: Lessons from John's Gospel"  Print
Scripture: John 7:53-8:11

By: Pastor Ralph Cotten
Date: Sunday, January 31, 2010 Series: Sunday Bible Lesson
The story of the women caught in adultery is a good example of an amazing act of acceptance by Jesus. Even though the Pharisees put a lot of pressure on Jesus to go along with the crowd and condemn this woman, he chose to accept her and encourage her to turn her life around.

1. As a child, when were you caught "red-handed" doing something you shouldn't have? Tell the story if you can ______________________.

2. Why do you think Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground? ___to cool off. ___to give himself time to think. ___to force the accusers to think. ___to write something for the accusers to see. ___other

3. What was Jesus saying when he said, "If anyone of you is without sin, let him be the first throw a stone"? ___Deal with your own sin first. ___You see in others your own sin. ___Your condemnation of this women is wrong.

4. What was Jesus' message when he said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin"? (a) acquittal: "The charges have been dropped." (b) warning: "I'll let you off this time, but don't do it again." (c) encouragement: "You're a beautiful person and you don't have to live like you used to." (d) challenge: "The evidence of forgiveness is a changed life."

5. When have you felt "Tried and convicted" by the crowd? (a) When I didn't make the team. (b) when I didn't feel good enough to belong. (c) when I was turned down for a job or promotion. (d) when I stood for my faith. (e) other:

6. What do you do when you blow it? (a) Confess it to God and move on. (b) confess it to another person. (c) try to make up for it. (d) shrug it off. (e) other:

7. When did you come to realize Jesus values you as a person.?

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